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Assemblyman David Weprin, Co-President of the National Association of Jewish Legislators, issued the following statement in response to comments made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer:

“I was angered to hear White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments, on the first night of Passover no less, earlier this week.

“By claiming that Hitler ‘did not even sink to using chemical weapons’ and referring to concentration camps as ‘Holocaust centers,’ Spicer minimizes the plight of Jews during the holocaust and simply ignores the suffering of Jewish people during World War II, who were subjected to a genocide with the use of chemical gas at concentration camps.

“Furthermore, the Press Secretary’s language suggests that, despite living in the country for centuries, German Jews were not equal citizens of Germany, but rather an outside group with little to do with German history or culture.

“The anti-Semitic logic behind these statements are extremely dangerous and troubling to Jews across the country; as such, I call on President Trump to remove Sean Spicer from his position as press secretary.

“Those who are callous with history, or choose to ignore its truths, like Spicer, should have no role as a spokesperson for the President of the United States.”

David Weprin

District 24 Assemblyman

Hollis

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